Rick Phelps became an advocate for dementia awareness after being diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in June of 2010, at the age of 57. He was forced into early retirement and created Memory People, an online dementia and memory impairment group which supports over 7,000 individuals, all touched in some way by dementia.

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There are many tired justifications for getting out of visiting a loved one in a hospital, nursing home or other long-term care facility. A dementia patient explains why he finds these selfish excuses to be simply unacceptable.

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Each caregiver knows that not all long-term care facilities are created equal. However, seeking placement becomes even more challenging for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. Ensuring the staff is properly trained is key.

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A dementia patient shares his struggles with maintaining a positive attitude and identifies with caregivers who witness this devastating effects of this disease.

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Caregivers and professionals may brush over the past due to a loved one's dementia diagnosis. However, even if they can't remember much, the past can also be a helpful tool for meaningful communication.

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In many cases, a caregiver's health can be even more fragile than the patient's. If something were to happen to you, how would your loved one cope? Dementia caregivers especially need to have a backup plan in place for these scenarios.

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Amazon's latest interactive electronic device may help dementia patients with some of their confusion and keep them engaged. This gadget may also help caregivers manage repetitive dementia behaviors and stay organized.

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Shadowing and repeating questions are troubling behaviors associated with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Caregivers often are annoyed with these behaviors and try to correct them, but it is important to remember that it's not that simple.

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Relationships are often strained when a serious illness and caregiving enter the picture. If your interactions with family members are increasingly stressful and negative, it may be time to stand up for yourself and set some boundaries.

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Sleep disorders are extremely common for Alzheimer's and dementia patients as their condition worsens. A patient provides an inside perspective on why fellow sufferers may avoid sleep, end up wandering or act out at night.

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While caregivers and their loved ones affected by dementia should not give up hope of leading rewarding and enjoyable lives, it is important to be realistic about an Alzheimer's or dementia diagnosis.

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Understanding a dementia patient's unique perspective can help ensure you are doing all you can to address their needs. Use these eight simple requests to guide you in your journey as a dementia caregiver.

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An initial diagnosis is devastating, but as the disease progresses and one's abilities fall by the wayside, the reality of one's situation becomes strikingly clear. Coping with these new limitations and holding onto hope is all we can do, and we must continue to do so.

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Wearing purple, using hashtags and changing your profile picture on social media won't end Alz, but there are other significant ways that you can have a beneficial impact on patients and families who are dealing with dementia.

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The use of politically correct, inclusive and unbiased language is a growing trend in America. But what happens when we try to apply these constructs to terminology addressing Alzheimer's, other dementias and family caregiving?

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Alzheimer's and dementia affect more than just a person's memory. The brain also begins having trouble receiving and processing sensory information. Changes in vision and perception can be scary and disorienting for the patient and complicate caregiving.

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Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are unlike any other conditions. Instead of straightforward symptoms like physical pain, the discomfort that patients experience is mental and emotional.

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A dementia diagnosis in itself often catches patients and their families off guard. Unfortunately, the surprises only continue as a loved one's condition progresses, and it can take a lot of strength to accept that their future cannot be defined.

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Driving is so important to our culture that parents and law enforcement revoke this privilege as a stinging form of punishment. Approaching an aging loved one about their ability to drive safely can be tough, but ignoring the issue is not an option.

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Sundowning can happen year-round, but during autumn and winter, the effects can be magnified due to shorter, darker days. Be aware of the causes, signs and treatments for this complication of dementia.

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Alzheimer's and dementia often cause difficult behavioral changes that can easily become dangerous for both patients and their caregivers. Notifying the local police and EMS of your loved one's condition can help them better handle potential emergencies.

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